San Francisco – The Exploratorium

In San Francisco is a 40 year old, unique science museum called The Exploratorium.

More than any science museum that I have gone to, anywhere, somehow this one just is infectious in it’s love of getting you “involved” and outside your usual comfort-zone. The curators do a great job of making it fun enough to try something “new”.

People of all ages come together in this space which was part of San Francisco’s World’s Fair — held early in the 20th Century — so it’s interesting that The Palace of Fine Arts pavilion is now a happy world for science to inhabit.

At the moment, you can also use it as an online resource, if you are traveling with a lap-top or have computer access in your room. Not only can you answer questions and see new things at any of the online museums, but, especially when you are traveling overseas, TV and dragging lots of your own language’s books need to take a back seat to online entertainment, at night or when your kids need a break.

Many museums, including The Exporatorium have videos and slideshows of their collections. Many have activities already geared for kids to enjoy and learn from.

So check out Traits of Life as one example and spend time perusing others, with bookmarks, so you’ll easily find the sites when you’re on vacation.

And, when you are in San Francisco, make sure to visit this unique, not-fancy, hands-on, fun place.

They are very accurate when they describe themselves as: “The Exploratorium is an experimental, hands-on museum designed to spark curiosity — regardless of your age or familiarity with science. Touch, pick up, and tinker with hundreds of exhibits. Your curiosity will guide you to endless discoveries!”

You can pair your visit with a trip down Lombard Street, “the crookedest street in the world”, which is nearby.

Exploratorium
Palace of Fine Arts
3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
415-561-0360 (general information)
415-561-0362 (Tactile Dome reservations)

Open Tuesday—Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays (except certain holidays).
For details, visit our events calendar.
Easily accessible free parking.

San Francisco Exploratorium

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